Although big rigs (weighing over 10,000 lbs) represent less than 5% of the
trucks registered in the United States, accidents caused by these
trucks account for about 25% of the accidents resulting in severe
injury or death.
Government transportation agencies have compiled the following statistics related
to trucking accidents:
- In one year alone in the United States, 1 million people were involved
in an accident with a truck.
- Over 140,000 people were injured as a result of an accident involving a
- 5,000 people were killed in trucking accidents.
In many cases, large corporations are actually responsible for
causing the accidents. Some irresponsible trucking companies have
overlooked driver and equipment safety in order to increase profits
and have pressured truck drivers to falsify log books. In fact,
the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) reports
that 30% to 40% of all big rig crashes are due to driver fatigue
even though laws have been established to restrict the number of
hours that a trucker can legally and safely operate a rig.
If you have suffered damages due to a trucking accident, you may be able to
file a claim against the truck driver as well as the trucking company or contractor.
As serious injury lawyers, we act both as advocates and negotiators on behalf
of our clients. We handle personal injury claims on a daily basis,
ranging from simple whiplash injuries to catastrophic injury and
death claims. We handle claims from the start to the finish, including
a professional evaluation of the claim, meeting the legal deadlines,
all dealings with insurance adjusters and other lawyers, and taking
care of all of the details that accompany any injury claim.
Calton & Burns, Attorneys at Law, have been representing injured
individuals for over 25 years. Our team of dedicated lawyers represents
those who have suffered serious injury, financial loss, personal
and future damages due to negligence and wrongful acts of others,
including motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle
accidents, aviation accidents, construction accidents, slip and
accidents and defective products.
If you have been injured
in a big rig accident, we will be glad to discuss your case
with you at no charge and with no obligation.
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